North Cyprus Football : Esentepe Win In Mud Bath
ESENTEPE KKSK 2 LAPTA TSK 1
Friday December 30 2016 : K-Pet League 1 White Group : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium
By Richard Beale………….
Esentepe won this vital top 3 game against Lapta in treacherous conditions, to take all 3 points to put them back in promotion contention. With the heavy rain recently the pitch in places resembled a quagmire, but credit to both teams as they served up a feast of football for the spartan crowd. With the match being played on a Friday, this match attracted a small crowd with probably 20 from Lapta and approx 75 home supporters. Just as well, as in the 88th minute there was a full blown mini riot among the spectators which held the game up for 5 minutes.
Esentepe started brightly and after Tacettin shot just over the bar, they took the lead in the 10th minute. Young Emre Soytürk playing at right back joined the attack and sent in a lovely cross which was met at the near post by TACETTIN, who sent in a glancing header which went into the net off the near post in between the diving Mustafa Dağman 1-0.
Esentepe nearly increased their lead in the 13th minute following a corner from the left taken by Umar, Eser unmarked at the far post met the cross and sent his header just wide.
Esentepe were making a mockery of the cloying mud as Lapta struggled to cope with the home teams incessant attacks. In the 25th minute following an Esentepe corner, the ball was cleared to Mahmut who put in a cross which glanced off Uğurcan‘s head to Firat, the tall Esentepe defender put in a good shot but it went just wide.
Very much against the run of play, with virtually their first threat on goal Lapta equalised when they won a free kick just outside the box in the 28th minute. They played a short free kick to Yasin who turned in the area, with Esentepe defenders hesitating he miss kicked his shot wide of the advancing Ali, the ball was trickling towards the line in the mud before OSMAN made sure following up. 1-1.
Esentepe continued to dominate and create chances, Umar was put through on the right eluded his marker and shot to the near post where goalkeeper Mustafa dived to parry the ball for a corner.
In injury time Lapta put together a great move in a quick raid down the left flank as Selçuk outstripped Emre before putting over a fine cross where it was met by leading goalscorer Ertuğ who vollied high over the bar, where he may have had time to control the ball first.
In the first half Esentepe had played some great football but maybe they would pay later for not taking their chances. HALF TIME : 1-1
The pitch had now cut up badly, with the players slipping and sliding as they struggled to keep their balance.
Tacettin put in after clever play by Başak saw his effort blocked at the near post by keeper Mustafa.
Lapta came more into the game and in the 69th minute following a Ramazan free kick Olgun put in a powerful header that Ali in the Esentepe goal did well to push over the bar.
Back came Esentepe and they took a deserved lead in the 73rd minute following a cross from substitute Muhammed from the right, the ball was gathered by Tacettin who turned and saw his shot at the near post parried by Mustafa, only for the ball to land to ESER who shot into the net. 2-1.
Then came the mini riot following an off the ball incident involving Eser and a Lapta player, which ended with the visiting player laying injured near the left corner flag. The Lapta supporters, including women, saw some injustice and ran towards the incident, some Esentepe supporters got involved firstly trying to defuse the issue, but following a number of punches being thrown one which hit Eser, the remaining Esentepe supporters joined in the fray. Both sets of players and both benches ran across the pitch, so there was fighting on and outside the pitch. In the meantime the Police tried to form a barrier separating both set of fans. Us 5 English were probably the only ones not to be involved. Several well known local faces were involved before peace was restored and the game was able to restart.
With 4 minutes of injury time being added Lapta threw everything at Esentepe including the kitchen sink, Ismail shot just wide then Osman tried his luck with a shot which saw the flying Ali tip the ball for a corner. FULL TIME : 2-1.
SUMMING UP : A great game of football, credit to both sides in trying conditions, it was a hard fought very competitive game played in good spirit by both set of players. Shame about the crowd disturbances at the end.
Esentepe had to win this match to stay in contention at the top and also send them into the winter’s break in good spirit. No outstanding players for the Esentepe team they all performed equally well, altogether a good team effort.
ESENTEPE TEAM : (4-4-1-1, replacements in brackets, merit marks out of 10
Ali (gk) 8 : Emre Soytürk 8, Nersin 8, Firat 8, Uğurcan 8 : Umar 8 (Muhammed), İlyas 8, Mahmut 8, Eser 8 (Reşat 90): Başak 8 (Mehmet Bebek 89) : Tacettin 8 :
Replacements not used : Tuğrul : Burak, Derman :
ESENTEPE MEN OF THE MATCH : ESENTEPE TEAM.
Esentepe’s Tacettin celebrating his goal.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
Season 2016-17 results so far :
Oct 22 : Bostanci Bağıl A2-0 Tacettin (2)
Oct 29 : OZANKÖY H1-1 Eser.
Nov 5 : Girne Halk Evi A3-0 Firat, Tacettin, Uğurcan.
Nov12: TATLISU HOSK H2-0 Tacettin, Eser.
Nov20: Karşiyaka A2-0 Eser, İlyas
Nov27: GÖNYELI H3-3 Başak, Tacettin, Firat.
Dec11 : Denizli A0-0.
Dec18 : DOĞANCI H0-2
Dec25 : Serdarlı A— Postponed.
Dec30 : Lapta H2-1 Tacettin, Eser.
Jan 21: Serdarlı A
LEAGUE APPEARANCES ( replacements in brackets )
9 : Ali, Nersin, Eser, Başak, Tacettin : 8 : Firat, Hüseyin : 7: İlyas (2), Umar (1), Uğurcan : 6: Mahmut (2), Muhammed (1) : 3
Emre Soytürk (5) : 1 : Mehmet Bebek (6) : Burak (4) : 0 apps : Emrah (2), Reşat (2) :
LEAGUE GOALS : 6: Tacettin : 4 : Eser : 2 : Firat : 1: Başak, İlyas, Uğurcan
There is a mini break now for the winter, the Football Federation have not yet released January/February fixtures.
The rearranged match away to Serdarlı, is on Saturday January 21, kick off 2-30pm at Turunçu Hasan Bardakko Stadium.
WE WISH ALL PLAYERS, MANAGEMENT, STAFF, SUPPORTERS AND EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2017.